Dividing the Child: Social and Legal Dilemmas of Custody

Dividing the Child: Social and Legal Dilemmas of Custody

by Eleanor E. Maccoby, Robert H. Mnookin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674212940

ISBN-13: 9780674212947

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Questions about how children fare in divided families have become as perplexing and urgent as they are common. In this landmark work on custody arrangements, the developmental psychologist Eleanor Maccoby and the legal scholar Robert Mnookin consider these questions and their ramifications for society. The first book to examine the social and legal realities of how…  See more details below

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Questions about how children fare in divided families have become as perplexing and urgent as they are common. In this landmark work on custody arrangements, the developmental psychologist Eleanor Maccoby and the legal scholar Robert Mnookin consider these questions and their ramifications for society. The first book to examine the social and legal realities of how divorcing parents make arrangements for their children, Dividing the Child is based on a large, representative study of families from a wide range of socioeconomic levels. Maccoby and Mnookin followed a group of more than one thousand families for three years after the parents filed for divorce. Their findings show how different divorce agreements are reached, from uncontested dealings to formal judicial rulings, and how various custody arrangements fare as time passes and family circumstances change. Numerous examples of joint custody and father custody are considered in this account, along with the mother-custody families more commonly studied; and in most cases the point of view of both parents is presented. Among families in which children spend time in both parental households, the authors identify three different patterns of co-parenting: cooperative, conflicted, and disengaged. They find that although divorcing parents seldom engage in formal legal disputes, they are generally unable to cooperate effectively in raising their children. Full of interesting findings with far-reaching implications, this book will be invaluable to the lawyers, judges, social workers, and parents who, more and more often, must make wise and informed decisions concerning the welfare and care of children of divorce.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674212947
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Understanding the Processes of Divorce19
3Characteristics of the Families Studied58
4Initial Residence and Visitation71
5Child Custody: What Parents Want and Get98
6The Economic Provisions of the Divorce Decree115
7Conflict over the Terms of the Divorce Decree132
8Continuity and Change in Children's Residence and Visitation162
9Parenting and Co-parenting Apart203
10Economic Changes over Time249
11Facing the Dilemmas of Child Custody266
Appendix A: Supplementary Tables299
Appendix B: Methods308
Notes339
References355
Index365

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